Kenyan runners completely dominated the Berlin Marathon on Sunday – taking the top nine spots in the race, while Ethiopian women were first and second in the 39th annual race through the German capital.
Geoffrey Mutai edged out his compatriot Dennis Kimetto at Kimetto’s debut marathon by one second for a time of two hours, four minutes and 15 seconds – well below the 2:03:48 world record set last year at the event by Patrick Makau, but the third fastest time ever run in Berlin.
Geoffrey Kipsang was third in 2:16:12. Mutai and Kimetto ran neck and neck for much of the last part of the race, but neither had the energy for a final sprint.
Ethiopian Aberu Abede won the women’s race in a time of 2:20:30, two years after her first win in Berlin, followed by her compatriot Tirfi Tsegaye in 2:21:19. Olena Shurhno of the Ukraine was third in 2:23:32.
Germany’s Jan Fitchen was the top German man with a time of 2:13:10, giving him 14th place and marking the best time run by a German this year.
Anna Hahner was the top German woman with an eighth place finish at 2:30:37 – not enough for a best time this year.